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sailing and diving around the world
I'm still in Toronto, leaving in a couple of days, to head to the amazing city of Annapolis, and then back to Namaste, in Solomons. I managed to fit in a few projects while I've been here, including a bunch of new paintings. I used to play around a bit, in the traditional watercolor style, but then fell in love with the Japanese and Chinese styles of painting. I wish I had more time to study and practice, but I'm on the water most of the time now. However, despite the fact that a studied Sumi-e painter would probably cringe at my lack of expertise, I still feel tremendous satisfaction when I look at my paintings hanging on the wall, or when I give them to people. But, that's the point, really, the fact that I painted them, faults and all. I don't much care for the idea of buying someone else's art, for the walls in my home.
Anyway, this style of painting is easy, and I believe anyone can do it. Perhaps this post will inspire some of you to 'go down a different path.' There is so much more to learn than the little I've studied, and it's all fascinating. Heck, it could easily take years to understand how to paint bamboo, alone.
So, I completed a batch of new paintings, and I've posted them below. I've also done a few videos, in an attempt to give some info, and some instruction. Remember, the idea behind sumi-e painting is not perfection, rather an attempt to capture the essence of the subject. Simplicity is key. You'll notice, for example, in at least one of the paintings, there is only a splash of color, the rest is varying shades of black ink.
To do this kind of painting, you need brushes, ink and Chinese watercolor paints, dishes to hold the ink and paint, rice paper, and a personal stamp. You'll need to find out what your name is in Chinese, and learn the calligraphy, so you can sign your paintings, and you need to decide what your stamp will say. Mine, in keeping with my life on the water, says, 'water is always flowing.' I chose that because I feel like I am 'flowing' around the world, on these yachts. Ling, the lady who owns the Chinese art supply store, someone I've known for a few years, chose the characters for my name. They usually get to the Chinese characters for your name, based on how it sounds in Chinese. They can also use characters that are representative of your personality, or character. In my case, she used the Jay sound, in Jason, and, rather than using the character that sounds like 'son,' she changed it to the 'soon' sound in Chinese, which represents trust, or trustworthy, an integral part of my character, according to Ling. I happen to agree :)
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, for me, all of these paintings will be coming with me to Annapolis, and I'll present them as gifts to some of the people that I've become acquainted with. My wall are already filled with paintings so there isn't any room in my place anyway. I give them away to anyone that expresses a liking for any particular painting, and I like to give them away during the holiday season, and other special occasions. The whole point of this is to have fun.